Solar Systems Astronomy
Energy in Everyday Life
Geometry of Art and Nature
2019 JINA R-process Workshop
2020 Digital Infrastructure
2020 MESA Marketplace
2020 MESA Summer School
2020 ASU Solar Systems
2020 ASU Energy in Everyday Life
my one page vitae,
research statement, and
I've been teaching since about 1990. Mainly astronomy, physics, and math. Past institutional affiliations include UC Santa Cruz, the University of Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently I teach at Arizona State University and the MESA Summer School at UC Santa Barbara.
I specialize in large enrollment, online, introductory courses. For example, between 2015 and 2018 I was the instructor for the largest college-credit eligible astronomy course in the world, Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, offered by ASU and EdX. This experiment ended in 2018 and ASU embarked upon a new, but related, experiment focused on re-entry. Thus, the Earned Admissions version of my solar systems course is currently heavily enrolled with Starbucks, Uber, and other learners. My other course, Energy in Everyday Life, routinely hits 4-figure enrollments.
You can read more in my teaching statement.
Archives of Past Classes: Geometry of Art and Nature, Calculus
Illustrations for my courses, and more!
Related educationmaterials include:
• openstax's free astronomy textbook
• Ed Brown's excellent lecture notes
• The Open Astrophysics Bookshelf
A place to start posting my notes:
• Abundance variables
• Abundance variable first derivative nuances
• Abundance variable first derivative examples
• Abundance variable second derivatives
• Nuclear energy generation expressions
• Reaction network origins
• Effective reaction rates for networks
• Self-heating reaction networks
Future famous astrophysicists in action
at the 2016 MESA Summer School